Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Security Force of Two

 Miacoh Zane, a Special Forces veteran, returns to Aspen Ridge, Colorado a small town nestled

in the Rocky Mountains, to settle his beloved grandmother’s estate. But the town holds painful

memories and family secrets he wants to leave behind for good.

Candle Bearclaw, a gifted computer analyst  recruited out of college by the CIA, resigns her position after fifteen years. She returns to her sleepy hometown only to discover her childhood crush has also returned and a violent crime has been committed.

Due to their covert operations experience, Candle and Miacoh are thrown together to assist

Homeland Security and her father, former chief of police, with a murder investigation. As they

search for the perpetrators, the case takes an unusual twist that could blow the case wide open.

My Review...

I liked this from the start, lots of suspense, interesting characters. But of my least favorite genres slipped in. Paranormal. Here's how good this author is...this paranormal thing pops up, and I kept reading anyway. Couldn't put the book down. Can't give you a hint about the paranormal "stuff". Don't even want to think about it. However, this book is worth the read no matter what. Can't believe I'm saying that. But I am. Better check it out.

read an excerpt...

When she drove up the circle driveway, a chill shot up her spine, then a strange feeling came

over her, almost like someone was watching. Reaching under the seat of her SUV, she pulled

out her handgun, checked the weapon to make sure it was loaded, chambered a round, and

tucked it in the back waistband of her jeans, covering it with her shirt and jacket. She backed out then drove the entire driveway more slowly, checking the perimeter. Nothing. The cell phone hadn't chirped to alert her of a breach, but she checked her outside surveillance cameras, then the ones inside her home anyway. Again nothing. She shrugged off the feeling and stepped out of her SUV. Gun drawn, she flicked off the safety and turned on the laser. It didn't hurt to be safe rather than sorry.

Peeking in the window, she saw the alarm keypad was still set and secure. Then she walked around the house, entered through the back door, closed and relocked it, deactivated the alarm. Nothing was out of place. Part of her wished she had brought Terrabyte along. Though still young, the pup's tracking ability was well-developed. Terra would know if someone were in or around the cabin since they left. Back to the wall, she moved carefully through each room, nothing.

When she was sure the house was clear, she sat down at the computer, laying the gun next to it. Warning windows were popped up everywhere on the screen. Someone had tried to hack into her system but hadn't gotten very far .Her throat went dry as she read the message. “Poking around where you don't belong is dangerous business. Carl's death was unfortunate but an accident. Leave it be or pay the consequences.”

Fingers posed over the keyboard. She started to X out of the message but stopped. If this was a disintegrating message, she would have no proof it ever existed. Taking out her cell phone, she took a picture of the screen. The handle on the front door jiggled. She grabbed her gun and jumped up, making her way to the front bay window.

about Tena Stetler...

Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award-winning paranormal tales. Some call her crazy

others creative. She deals with the voices in her head by writing them down and creating a

fantasy world and characters you won’t soon forget. Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass

women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure,magic, and a bit of

mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.

Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled

parrot and a fifty-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking,

camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors.

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